Memorial services held for two School of Dentistry professors
Albert E. Burns, DDS, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2005. Dr. Burns was born in 1922 in Duncan, Oklahoma. He practiced oral surgery in Riverside, California, for 30 years. For 10 years he also taught in the oral surgery department at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and served as department chair from 1958 to 1961.
He was part of the group of doctors who were involved in the organization of the School in the early 1950s. He owned a private plane and flew Dr. M. Webster Prince (founding dean of the School) from one city to another, to interview prospective faculty. He was a talented teacher who loved his work. According to James Crawford, DDS, Dr. Burns could frequently be heard humming or quietly whistling a tune as he did an extraction.
From 1974 to 1977, he and his wife, Elinore, l
ived in Salisbury, Rhodesia, providing dental care for the people of Africa. Dr. Burns also taught at the University of Rhodesia. Upon return to the United States, Dr. Burns resumed his practice in Riverside for another two years and taught at the University of Southern California dental school.
Deciding in 1979 to retire, he and Elinore moved to Mariposa, California, where he practiced oral surgery in their home on Triangle Park Road for another seven years. Following full retirement, the Burns traveled across the United States and Canada for 15 years teaching the NEWSTART Lifestyle and Diabetic Reversal Program. Three years ago the Burns moved to Jamestown, California, where Mrs. Burns still resides. Dr. Burns is survived by his wife, seven children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His memorial service was held Sunday, December 18, at the Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora, California.
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Robert L. Kinzer, DDS, professor, restorative dentistry, School of Dentistry, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2005, at his daughter’s home with his beloved family surrounding him. He was 73 years old.
Dr. Kinzer found the strength to give 47 years of teaching and enormous talent to thousands of students of dentistry. He served as chair of the restorative dentistry department for 22 years, from 1977 to 1999.
He was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in 2004 recognizing an educator who best exemplifies the ideal teacher. While serving on the School’s faculty development committee, Dr. Kinzer helped design the Teacher of the Year medallion he would later be awarded.
In 1997, to honor his enrichment of the lives of many student and faculty colleagues, Loma Linda University presented him with the Distinguished Service Award. His high regard for students and dentistry was demonstrated by his complete dedication to students, educational innovations, extensive knowledge, Christian attitude, and teaching effectiveness. He authored and co-authored many dental publications, journal articles, and abstracts.
Dr. Kinzer was born October 9, 1932, to Noel and Vivian Kinzer in Keene, Texas. He completed high school at Lodi Academy, and then attended Pacific Union College near St. Helena, California.
On weekends he would often return home to Lodi, and it was while playing his trumpet at Lodi Hilborn Church that he first noticed a young lady, DuAnn Schmidt. She was accompanying the orchestra as the pianist and when he saw her he began looking her way many times. In fact, on one occasion when he was driving at Lodi Lake this caused him to nearly run into the car in front of him. A courtship ensued and the Kinzers married on July 31, 1955, in Lodi.
Dr. Kinzer attended dental school at Loma Linda University, then named College of Medical Evangelists. He graduated in 1958, with his class having the distinction of being the second class to graduate from the newly formed dental school.
Upon graduation, he accepted a part-time teaching position in the School and moved the family to Ontario, California, to establish a private dental practice in Montclair. Dr. Kinzer had the distinction of being the very first dentist in the growing city of Montclair.
Some 37 years ago, in 1969, he was invited to join the full-time dental faculty at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. During this eight-year period, he helped establish the newly formed dental school. Dr. Kinzer was director of operative dentistry and chaired the restorative dentistry department at the Augusta, Georgia, dental school.
Offices he held during his academic professional career included president of the Academy of Operative Dentistry (1982–83), president of the School of Dentistry Alumni Association (1979–1980), and president of the National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists (1975–76). He served in several offices as well as a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon-Chi Chi Chapter, an honor society, from 1958 to the present. He also served as president of the West End Dental Society 1967–68.
Dr. Kinzer is survived by his wife of 50 years, DuAnn F. Kinzer; a daughter, Shelley L. Kinzer-Corley, Redlands; a son, Craig A. Kinzer, Jackson, California; four grandchildren, Brianna, Marissa, Trace, and Miles; and his stepbrother, Daniel Mayer, Lindsay, California.
The family suggests memorials to the scholarship fund at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Dr. Robert L. Kinzer’s name. His memorial service was held January 7, 2006, in Loma Linda.
By Nancy Yuen